Could a single plant species have really changed the Earth from a greenhouse world towards the modern icehouse state – and what are the implications of this for both petroleum exploration and climate change?
The Wilson Cycle describes the opening and closing of oceanic basins as a result of plate movements. It provides a scientific framework to follow the creation, development and destruction of sedimentary basins and how these processes impact on petroleum plays.
Petroleum system analysis has been a major tool in petroleum geoscience and exploration – but can it help locate shale ‘sweet spots’ and thus increase production, reduce risk and minimize the environmental footprint?
Strike slip faults can extend for thousands of kilometres, and envelop many of the typical geological structures we use in basin exploration to define different petroleum play systems in particular in the tectonic evolution of East Africa.
An inventory of petroleum source rocks in the World’s major sedimentary basins show that six geological intervals in Earth's history generated over 90% of the World's conventional oil and gas discoveries.
Microfossils are key to understanding the evolution of life on earth. Demand in the petroleum industry for palynologists – experts in the study of these minute fossilised organisms – is suddenly running hot.